the fourth week of December

A tad late with this week’s list.
Hopefully that doesn’t land me on the naughty list.

Welcome! Each week I plan out loud and invite you to eavesdrop.

Here is the week I hope to have:

12.18.22 – 12.24.22

  • 19th – my birthday
  • 21st – Winter Solstice
  • 23rd – Christmas Eve Eve
  • 24th – Christmas Eve

First things first …

  • What is essential?
  • What do I need help with?
  • Where can I compromise?
Be kind to yourselves.

To Do / Enjoy / Remember:

  • December can be difficult, emotional, even sad. We feel what we feel, and that’s okay. Let’s promise each other to remember that.
  • I am in “minimum maintenance” housework mode – essentials like dishes, floors, cooking, and laundry
  • Without going into panic mode, I’m keeping an eye on the forecast and making sure we have what we need, just in case of stormy and / or snowy weather. Maybe we will get a white Christmas?
  • This week is a Pay Day
    • Budget x Paycheck
    • ATM, cash envelope stuffing
  • Organize stocking stuffers
  • Put together anything “assembly required” that I don’t think the recipient would enjoy putting together themselves
  • Change the letterboard
  • Check candle batteries, reset timer
  • Replace dish sponge
  • Put final touches on all meals/meal plan
  • Prepare the Christmas table
    • Serving dishes
    • Plates
    • napkins
  • Take some outdoor photos, especially if we get a snowstorm
  • Play some of the Calmed By Nature ambience videos (YouTube)
  • Update Roku screensaver – I use family photos and rotate them out frequently
Time to get cozy, babies.

I plan to put up my feet and knit along to …

  • Holiday Baking Championship
  • Gingerbread Showdown
  • Christmas at the Whitehouse on Discovery+
  • A Christmas Carol audiobook performed by Tim Curry
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  • Charlie Brown Christmas
  • White Christmas
  • It’s a Wonderful Life

This is a good time of year to bookmark the Christmas TV Schedule site.

My current influences:

  • Martha Stewart’s monthly calendars from the magazine (no longer in print).
  • Alison May’s Brocante Home website and online community as well as her seasonal home books.
  • Frasier. Yes, the television show from the 1990s. From time to time I share images from my Frasier Book, a pandemic project I started in 2020. Feel free to make fun of me, it is absolutely ridiculous.
Thank you!

Thank you, sweethearts, for how kind you’ve been to this little blog of lists.

I want to approach blogging differently this time around. No pressure on me and no pressure on you. Just the basics, bare bones but truly helpful.

This space is finding its audience and writing here again is also good for me.

So, thank you for reading and thank you for spreading the word. I’m glad we’re all here together.

Be brave. Be kind. Keep going.